I. Background

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the Latino community has the highest rate of being food insecure compared to the rest of the population. Nearly one in four (24%) Latino households are food insecure as compared to just one in ten (11%) Caucasian households. Overall, national households have a food insecurity rate of one in seven (14%). At the same time, Latino adults and children are at greater risk of obesity and diabetes which is complicated by food insecurity.  However, Latino households are less likely to utilize the Food Stamp program than white, non-Hispanic client households. For this reason, the Train the Trainer program was developed under the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force.

II. Purpose of Project

The Food Stamp Program is our nation’s front line defense against hunger and it is greatly under-utilized by our Latino community. We know there are many barriers the Latino community faces that prevents them from utilizing the program, which is why it is important to implement peer-to-peer training that busts these myths and encourages further use. This peer-to-peer training will engage the Latino community in Idaho to learn and adapt the Food Stamp Program curriculum for their communities and organizations. The project has had input from key leaders, community members, current and potential food stamp recipients, and will ultimately increase trust and encourage eligible individuals and families to apply for this resource.

III.   This Project Will

  • Identify other mentor states with improved food stamp participation by the Latino community.
  • Develop a report that identifies the lack of participation from the Latino community in the Food Stamp Program and the barriers that prevents them from applying.
  • Provide accurate, timely and consistent information about Idaho’s Food Stamp Program.
  • Increase trust and participation by Latino individuals and families in targeted communities.
  • Create a network of Latino leaders who can dispel myths and create trust at the individual, community and state levels.
  • Bring food resources to Latino families.



For more information:  Maria Torres, AmeriCorps VISTA, Community Council of Idaho, mtorres@idahohunger.org  208-494-0080